Jesus (alternatively called The Jesus Film) is a 1979 biblical drama film that depicts the life of Jesus Christ, primarily using the Gospel of Luke as the basis for the story. It was produced by John Heyman and directed by Peter Sykes and John Krish. Shot on location in Israel, the film was financed primarily by Campus Crusade for Christ with a budget of $6 million.
Released without production or cast credits, producer John Heyman declared that the creators of this picture were “simply being translators” of the New Testament’s Gospel of Luke, “so nobody will know who produced or directed the film.” Instead of creating a parallel story for the film or embellishing the biblical account, as is the case with other biblical films such as The Ten Commandments or The Greatest Story Ever Told, the filmmakers chose to adhere as closely as possible to the Gospel of Luke.
A voice-over narration is featured sporadically throughout the film, providing background information on characters and events and at the end of the film, a prayer appears onscreen and is performed by the narrator. The end of the film also states that the Good News Bible (Today’s English Version) was used for the filming. According to The New York Times, Jesus is sometimes described as the most-watched motion picture of all time, in addition to being the most translated film of all time
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